Datuk among five men charged with gangsterism

GEORGE TOWN: A Datuk is among five men charged with being members of organised criminal group Gang 24 Penang in two Sessions Courts here.

Datuk Koh Thiam Hua, 38, Chan Yi Heng, 22, and Harry Tan Cheng Yu, 31, were indicted before Sessions judge Irwan Suainbon yesterday with committing the offence from Jan 1, 2015, to May 6 this year.

In another Sessions Court, Lim Boon Hooi, 40, and Toh Kae Luen, 26, were charged with being members of the same group during the same period before judge Norsalha Hamzah.

All five faced a jail sentence of between five and 20 years if convicted under Section 130V(1) of the Penal Code.

No plea was recorded from all of them as they were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Mea­sures) Act 2012.

Koh was represented by Mohd Zulfiqri Zakaria, Toh by Muhamad Asri Abdul Hamid and Chan by S. Raveentharan. The other two ac­­cused were unrepresented while DPP Lim Cheah Yit prosecuted.

Both judges fixed July 5 for case mention pending the prosecution’s application for the cases to be transferred to the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

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